Alstom has signed a deal worth approximately EUR 500M with Norte Energia of Brazil to provide power equipment for the 11.2GW Belo Monte project on the Xingu River in the Amazon region.
alstom will lead a consortium that includes Voith Hydro and andritz to supply fourteen 611MW Francis turbine-generator sets and six smaller Bulb units. Under the terms of the deal, Alstom will supply seven Francis units, hydro-mechanical equipment and associated Gas Insulated Substations (GIS) for the fourteen large-scale units.
The $17B Belo Monte project, to be located in the state of Para, will help Brazil meet soaring demand for electricity once developed. It has however faced fierce opposition from environmental groups concerned about negative impacts on the ecosystem and wildlife in the region.
Brazil’s environment agency Ibama last month approved the start of initial construction work on the project.